Riverside County will move into the orange tier of the California reopening framework on Wednesday, April 7, the State has announced.
This means that a greater percentage of individuals may be indoors at businesses and places of worship. Bars will also reopen outdoors for the first time since June 2020.
Riverside County will need to remain in the orange tier for a minimum of three weeks and meet the yellow tier numbers for two of those weeks before advancing further. Visit the state’s blueprint website for more information and modifications at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.
Riverside County health officials announced greatly expanded vaccine eligibility today.
Beginning April 6, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all individuals 16 years of age and older.
“The expansion of eligibility will allow the last large group of Riverside County adult residents to get vaccinated, and bring us one step closer to herd immunity,” said Kim Saruwatari, director of Riverside University Health System-Public Health. “Bringing the vaccine to a younger population, where we have seen an increase in cases, is a big step forward.”
Only the Pfizer vaccine is available for individuals 16 and 17 years of age, and they must be accompanied to their appointment with a parent or legal guardian. Those 18 years and older may receive the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Please see the graphics below for other cases in which you may be eligible for a vaccine statewide. If you are eligible, you must make an appointment. Schedule an appointment at a Riverside County clinic HERE.
Riverside County has entered the Red Tier, County officials announced March 16. For more information on what's open and what's not, visit HERE.
The Red Tier includes:
Indoor Dining at 25% capacity
Movie Theaters at 25% capacity
Indoor Gyms at 10% capacity
Outdoor breweries, wineries, and distilleries
The following businesses will remain closed:
Indoor bars, breweries, and distilleries where no food is served
Riverside County has expanded vaccine eligibility to those 16 to 64 years old with certain underlying health conditions.
The health conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic pulmonary disease, Down syndrome, pregnancy, sickle cell disease, heart condition (excluding hypertension), severe obesity, Type 2 diabetes mellitus or those who have an immunocompromised state from a solid organ transplant.
No doctor’s note or medical record is required to be eligible. At your vaccine appointment, you will be asked during your onsite screening if you have a listed illness, and you will be vaccinated if you answer in the affirmative.
In addition, the list of occupations that now qualify to be vaccinated has expanded to include janitors, couriers who handle vaccine supplies and emergency supplies, massage therapists, those who work in foster care, utility workers, social workers, homeless shelter workers, library staff and public transit workers. For a complete list of professions who are eligible to be vaccinated, visit www.rivcoph.org/covid-19-vaccine.
Riverside County has administered more than 620,000 vaccines between the county-operated clinics and those operated by community providers. The vaccines available in Riverside County are from Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson.
If you or someone you know needs help paying the rent because of COVID-19, there are community resources that you should know about. For more information, check out the flyers below, or visit www.UnitedLift.org.
Don't forget...we have a FREE coronavirus testing facility right here in Desert Hot Springs!
The testing site in the Henry V. Lozano Community Center at Tedesco Park is taking appointments for Tuesday - Saturday, from 7 am to 7 pm.
Walk-ins are available and encouraged on Tuesday - Saturday, from 7 am to 11 am.
Sign up or get more details at http://www.lhicare.com.
We understand the impact that this crisis is having on local businesses and workers, and will continue to share all available resources to keep our community strong during this crisis.
Please see these State links for resources:
GO-Biz COVID-19 Page: https://hubs.ly/H0nH9Fc0
Employment Development Department: https://hubs.ly/H0nHfH30
The DHS Senior Center will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19. (We will re-open earlier if that becomes possible.)
Meanwhile, the Center will still continue to provide lunches for the seniors of DHS.
We have implemented the following lunch system, which requires a pickup:
Seniors must call anytime after 8:30 am to reserve a lunch spot for that day and to find out their pickup time. We will only have 8 people per half hour picking up lunches to prevent groups gathering.
We know that for many of you, this may be the only meal for the day. So we are asking you to come for the pickup while still taking the Governor's recommendation to self-quarantine very seriously.
We also want to emphasize that while the Center itself is closed, the staff are very much here during business hours. If you have questions, need resources, or even just want someone to talk to, we are here to take your phone call. We also will be checking in on our members via phone.
This is a challenging time, but our community is strong and we will get through it together.